The past few years, we held our annual Freshman Underage Drinking Forums to address the legal, medical, social, physical, and emotional consequences and risks of underage drinking and drug use. All 9th graders from both Milford high schools were required to attend along with a parent. Over 700 youth and parents attended the forums and now have access to more information regarding the risks associated with underage drinking.
MPC works with the Milford Public Schools to facilitate an annual program that includes topics on transitioning to college or a career and the importance of making healthy choices. Over 500 high school seniors attended the forum which included education on the dangers of binge drinking and the use of marijuana, finances, living with a roommate, social media use, and healthy relationships.
Alcohol EDU for High School
From 2010 to 2015 MPC used an evidence based online curriculum for an alcohol prevention program. This program was a project-based approach to learning directed towards 9th grade high school students in, and gave students the opportunity to travel though a virtual community during health class. This program provided youth with a better understanding of the risks associated with drinking alcohol and the signs of alcohol poisoning. Artwork completed during the health class was used in the billboard campaigns which are on display throughout Milford.
From 2013 to 2015 MPC sponsored 8 presentations that covered topics on substance abuse and bullying, including presentations by Chris Herren, Tim Rader and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). Over 500 community members and over 500 youth attended these presentations and reported an increase in knowledge about the topics presented.
Liquor Retailer Forums
From 2013 to 2014 MPC worked, and continue to work with the Milford Police to sponsor and facilitate annual Liquor Retail Forums. These forums provided retailers with an overview of current liquor laws, and issues related to the purchasing of alcohol by youth under the age of 21. Over 60 retailers attended MPC’s forums and now are equipped with information on state liquor, how to identify intoxicated customers, and recognizing youth who are using fake ID’s to purchase alcohol.
TIPS (Training for Intervention Procedures)
MPC coordinated and sponsored TIPS training and is continuing to do so thanks to the educators Raymond Vitali and Ann Fabian. The TIPS trainings were conducted with businesses in town that sell alcohol for on and off premise consumption. From 2013 to 2015 over 100 servers and employees of Milford retailers were trained through TIPS trainings sponsored by the MPC.
Compliance Checks & Underage Alcohol Enforcement Patrols
Starting in 2010 the Governor’s Prevention Partnership (GPP) and the Milford Police have been holding annual on-premise and off-premise compliance checks to ensure that liquor stores are compliant with state laws regarding the purchasing of alcohol. From 2013 to 2014 59 permittee premise checks resulted in only 11 violations for failing the compliance checks. Stores that have not passed checks are re-visited and as known as “hot-spots”.
Since 2010 MPC in collaboration with the Woodruff Family YMCA, has been conducting the Stick Shock Campaign. Milford youth created stickers designed to educate consumers about the laws regarding underage drinking and the purchasing of alcohol for minors. The stickers are placed on packages of alcohol as a reminder to customers. Youth have volunteered and visited several merchant locations to remind consumers that it is illegal for adults to purchase alcohol for minors.
Drug Take Back Initiative
MPC in collaboration with the Milford Police, host two Drug Take Back days a year, one in the fall and one in the spring, where community members are provided with a safe and secure way to dispose of their unneeded prescription medication. From 2013 to 2014 over 600 pounds of medication were collected and safely disposed of by the DEA and now will be disposed of by the Milford Police Department. Since starting the Drug Take Back initiative in 2012 over 1,500 pounds of medication have been collected and safely disposed of.
Milford Community Events and Fundraisers
As part of Milford’s 375th anniversary celebrations community members turned a fire hydrant into art to promote MPC.
Pictured here: Carla Scinto, Debbie Garth and her daughter, Brittney Garth – all Milford residents
#leadbyexample247 Instagram Campaign
The #leadbyexample247 campaign is focused on youth being positive leaders in the community. Messages are displayed at school and sport venues to create awareness around leading a healthy lifestyle. Thanks to MPC and locations throughout the city 10 banners are currently being displayed with messages promoting a healthy lifestyle.